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My Network Places

By Ken G. ·
Hey all,

Few questions here and I'm not even sure I'm in the right group but here goes:

There are old shared directories in the miniature My Network Places Explorer type window. You know, the little one that pops up when you browsing for a network folder or mapping a network drive? Is there a registry hack for this or some other way to get rid of them safely?

Also, how do I get rid of the silly little hand that indicates a shared resource in a peer-to-peer network and keep it from reappearing?

Are mapped network drives safe bets or should I just stick with sharing the folder as it is?

Thanks for the help...

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by Blackcurrant In reply to My Network Places


1 - Documents and Settings\\NetHood This folder should list your Netowrk Places as folder shortcuts - delete the ones you do not want.

2 - Hmmm, I do not think you can.

3 - Mapped networked drives are very useful if you have applications that need to save to or generally access a shared resource as a drive. If you do not want these available as drives, and thereby free up some system resources, it is best to create a shortcut to the shared folder.

Hope this helps.

Good luck

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by Ken G. In reply to

Hmmm, I had no idea that it ate up system resources. Thanks bc!

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by dryflies In reply to My Network Places

blackcurrent is correct for items 1 and 3. For Item 2 you can change the icon for any resource by going into its properties dialog and chnging its icon in the customize tab. If you want to change the default icon for a shared folder (so they all get rid of the hand. you need to hack the icon in the %windows%\system32\shell32.dll file. I am not sure how to do that but will look and comment if I find it.

please rate my answer

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